'Gissa job'. Endless auditions, the ceaseless search for work, the humiliations of being an actor are well documented. And it is immeasurably worse for women. The vast majority of available roles are for men. Women's roles tend to be the protagonist's wife, lover, mother or daughter, but rarely the protagonist.

Happily, this is not the case with The Nun at the Greenwich Studio Theatre, the fringe venue currently being touted as the next Gate Theatre. Adapted from Diderot's dialogue-based novel, the play has a cast of 11 women (and three men, for whom the casting balance will no doubt prove instructive), with Sharon Small (right) in the title role.

The director, Margarete Forsyth, nominated as best director in the London Fringe Awards sees the play as central to their season of work from the Age of the Enlightenment. 'It's very connected to the current restructuring of political orders, the rise of democracy in the post-cold war era, the revolution in communication. The parallels are very strong.

'It has been fascinating to rehearse. The cast love the fact that they all have something to get their teeth into. I hope the production reflects that. The designer, Cathy Richards, and the lighting designer, David Plater, have turned the auditorium into a chapel. I love the fact that audiences coming in suddenly drop their voices as if they really were in church.'

The Nun is at Greenwich Studio Theatre 8pm Tue-Sun, Prince of Orange pub, 189 High Rd, SE10 (081-858 2862) to 26 Jun

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